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NYT: Disability access in New York City the focus of court-ordered report by UDC Law’s Burgdorf

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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UDC Law Prof. Emeritus Bob Burgdorf at US Capitol

A report by UDC Law Professor Emeritus Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., outlines New York City’s inadequacy in providing disability access on city corners. A New York Times article explains the report was issued as part of a lawsuit originally filed in 1994 by the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, now the United Spinal Association.

Burgdorf’s 285-page report calls for a survey of the city’s existing curb accessibility as well as plans for installation of new ramps and updating of non-compliant curbs.

The United States Supreme Court has recognized Burgdorf as "the drafter of the original ADA bill introduced in Congress in 1988." A leading expert on disability rights, Burgdorf also co-authored Accommodating the Spectrum of Individual Abilities, the US Commission on Civil Rights' first major report on discrimination against people with disabilities. Burgdorf was a faculty member at the UDC School of Law from 1989 until 2014 when he was granted emeritus status. While at UDC Law, he initiated the School of Law’s constitutional courses and helped found the Legislation Clinic with the late David A. Clarke.

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